President's Office

President's Office

Welcome to the home page for California State University, Northridge’s chief executive, President Dianne F. Harrison. The President’s Office website provides access to President Harrison's biography, speeches, messages to the campus community, and other communications; university planning goals and initiatives; and the major organizational areas of the university, including its divisions and colleges. Announcements, news and other items of interest related to the President are listed below. For the latest in other university-wide news and achievements, visit CSUN Today.

President Harrison Named Among Most Influential People in L.A.

June 19, 2019

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Susan Burton to Receive Honorary Doctorate

May 8, 2019

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Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project in South Los Angeles and an advocate for incarcerated women, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from California State University, Northridge on Monday, May 20, during commencement. Read the full story.

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Three Honored at 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards

April 16, 2019

2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

Three remarkable Matadors—Andrew Anagnost, Milt Valera and Michelle Vicary—were honored at the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards celebration, on Saturday, April 13. The annual recognition honors three alumni who personify the university’s tradition of excellence and who bring distinction to themselves and to CSUN through their outstanding achievements.

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Woman of the Year Award for President Harrison

February 27, 2019

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CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison has been named Woman of the Year for the state’s 18th Senate District by Sen. Robert Hertzberg and will receive the award at the State Capitol on March 4.

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Faculty Retreat Address Focuses on Generation Z

January 18, 2019

President Harrison speaks at 2019 Faculty Retreat

In her keynote address at the 2019 Faculty Retreat, held January 2019, President Harrison reflected on CSUN's 60th anniversary and spoke about the the learning styles and expectations of Generation Z students. Entitled "“60 Years of Student Success: Supporting Today’s Students in a Changing World,” the text to the address is now available.

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President's Six Year Review Feedback

Matador Fire Relief Fund

November 13, 2018

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President Harrison has issued a letter to the campus community about the California wildfires with information on how the campus community can assist students, faculty and staff who have been impacted by the Southern California wildfires by contributing to the Matador Fire Relief Fund.

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President Reappointed to WICHE

November 1, 2018

President Dianne Harrison

California State University, Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison has been reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), an interstate organization that facilitates resource sharing among the higher education systems of 15 states in the western United States as well as U.S. Pacific territories. Read the full story.

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CSUN Marks 60th Anniversary

October 16, 2018

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California State University, Northridge celebrated its 60th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 13, with 6,000 Matadors at its annual Grand Reunion. Read the full story.

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President’s Welcome Celebrates CSUN's 60 Years

August 28, 2018

President Harrison delivering 2018 Welcome Address

President Harrison's annual Welcome Address celebrating the start of the new academic year highlighted milestones from CSUN’s storied six decades and looked to the future, illustrating how the institution must prepare students for careers in a modern economy that requires critical thinking, problem solving and innovation. Read the full story.

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Support for All Students Regardless of Immigration Status

September 5, 2017

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President Harrison has released statements in support of students, particularly those who may be affected by anticipated changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Visit the President's letters page to read the statements.

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VPAC Renamed in Recognition of $17 Million Gift

July 27, 2017

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CSUN’s Valley Performing Arts Center has been renamed the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts in recognition of a record $17 million gift from the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, the philanthropic foundation of Younes and Soraya Sarah Nazarian and their family. The gift will support the programming and operations of the award-winning performing arts center, which has become one of the cultural jewels of the region since its opening 6 years ago. The gift is one of the largest in the history of the California State University and the system’s largest single gift in support of the arts. Read the full story here.

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Nazarian College Campaign Reaches $25 million Goal

September 27, 2016

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A $5 million gift from CSUN alumnus Harvey Bookstein and his wife, Harriet — both California State University, Northridge alumni and lifelong supporters of the university — has pushed CSUN over the top in a two-year campaign to raise $25 million for its college of business. Read the full story here.

 

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CSUN's Economic and Social Impact Report Released

July 18, 2016

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A new economic and social impact study has found that California State University, Northridge generates $1.9 billion generated annually through spending and labor income and has led to the creation of more than 11,700 jobs. Read more